Its 6:15 pm as I type this and the Dodgers still have not given anyone in the press box tonight’s Dodgers lineup. Not sure what the deal is but its creating a bit of a stir here. I wonder what Torre is up to?
I did catch BP and Ethier hitting the snot out of the ball once again. The ball just jumps off of his bat and has a crisp sound. One can tell its him hitting without even looking in the direction of the cage.
Nomar seemed very happy to be back in LA. He came over to the Dodgers side and into the stands near where the McCourts sit.
I caught Casey Blake giving lip service to Matt Holiday during Dodgers BP. Holiday was sitting directly behind the cage enjoying the sunshine. Hmmm, maybe he’s contemplating what playing on the Dodgers would feel like? Hey Holiday, it feels like victory!
Tonight is the last night of the free parking promotion, that seems to have been a great success. There were 3,841 walk-ups last night. That’s the second highest of the year and second only to the Ethier batting practice jersey give away night (3,933). At least Ethier is clutch when it comes to promotions (think Carne Asade Sunday with Dre)!
So this is the rubber match of our series with the lowly Athletics of Oakland. We are 4-4 in Interleague play so far this season, which is good…. for us. We are 94-105 lifetime in Interleague play.
The Dodgers have won 7 of their last 10 series finales and are 13-8 overall in the last game of a series. So the numbers are with us tonight. However, we are 0-2 in games I have attended as a member of the press. I may not come anymore if that streak continues! Overall we have won 17 of 21 series this season.
Martin has thrown out 13 runners this season, tops in the NL and tied for first in all of MLB behind Gerald Laird. The staff ERA of 3.34 when Martin is behind the plate is tops in the league and Martin also leads the league in innings caught this season with 499. Tired? Probably. Washed up? Probably not! Martin also launched his own site today, www.RussellMartin55.com, so feel free to get anything you want to off of your chest by leaving him a comment here.
Mitch Jones will hopefully get some PT tonight, he really lights up the stands here. It would be great to see him hit one out tonight. I have to say that he is not a big guy, even though he is a power hitter.
Check him out waiting his turn in the cages tonight. Duncan is only about a foot and a half shorter than Duncan while on one knee!